About this Research Topic
Contrary to the mainstream human imaginary and traditional psychological and biological theories that have treated love and attraction like an ‘inner process’, recent research showed the social nature of them. A wealth of research has shown that communicative actions and interactions play a crucial role in the construction of desire and sexual-affective relationships. Therefore, it is evidenced that emotion and desire are not natural but learned through interaction.
When the attractiveness of a boy or a man is emphasized, that attractiveness generally does not refer to a good, non-sexist, non-violent egalitarian boy, but rather to a ‘bad guy’. Films and magazines, as well as people’s everyday interactions frequently display this reality promoting a coercive discourse which impacts in human’s life. This impact can be addressed through preventive measures that make hegemonic masculinity models, perpetrators of gender-based violence, unattractive. However, there is also research evidence that underlines the existence of interactions that contradict this dynamic promoting attractiveness towards egalitarian masculinities which never practices violence.
This Research Topic will be focused on how interactions in specific contexts can foster patterns of attraction towards different models of masculinity and affective and sexual relationships potentially linked to them: a) egalitarian and free of violence or b) violence based.
In this Research Topic we are interested in the analysis of:
• interactions involving the analysis of speech acts;
• non-verbal interactions, such as intonation and gestures in communication;
• The context and structure in which the act of communication occurs, that is, the power relationships between people;
• Beyond intentionality, consequences or effects on the participants during the interaction are also examined;
• Complexity connections between rational and social forces;
• The influence of irrationality of feelings and emotions.
With this Research Topic, we aim to provide significant knowledge on the role of interactions in the shaping of diverse models of masculinity and men’s attractiveness, and how both aspects could impact on the prevention of a health-related problems, such as the gender-based violence. In this regard articles from pyscho-social perspectives, feminist and gender studies, and psychoanalysis will suit perfectly with the interdisciplinary nature of the Research Topic. We are particularly keen on including Original Research and Case Reports articles.
Keywords: masculinity, gender-based violence, men's attractiveness, relationship, human interactions
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